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DIY- Counter tops

I like to follow trends among the design world. Which mostly means that I browse my New England Home/Home and Gardens/Beautiful Home magazines and think ‘Boy, if I had a million dollars my kitchen would look just like that’.

Fact: I don’t have a million dollars. So my Kitchen will never look like those in the glossy magazines pages.

As you may already know I have outrageously orange Formica counter tops. I didn’t have much of a game plan for them, painting them maybe or attempt one of those Rustoleum counter top kits. I really wasn’t sure. But then my sister, Becky sent me the link to a DIY Concrete counters. I knew Concrete counters were a thing, but I assumed it was a professional job. I didn’t even realize you could recreate the look over your own counters.

This isn’t a tutorial for how to do Concrete counters yourself although I suppose I could put one together if there was any interest. But in the mean time you can follow these links.

http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-concrete-countertops.html#more

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/01/concrete-countertop-diy.html

http://www.younghouselove.com/2014/03/trying-our-hand-at-ardex-concrete-counters/

But, I will supply you with some of my own advice.

  1. Do a trial test (if you can)- I had a little area where I was able to practice bit with the concrete. It’s was a small 2 ½ foot counter top separated from the large counter. I figure If I didn’t like the way it came out I could always just buy a really big microwave and cover most of it. I learned a lot from the trial counter.
  2. Do many thin coats and smooth out as much as possible- My first round. I laid down a very thick layer and made no effort to smooth out any the ripples. I figured I could just sand it down after the fact. Which I did, but the pattern from the ripples never completely vanish and it took FOREVER to dry.
  3. If the concrete starts to stiffen before you finish add a little more water to smooth it out.
  4. If it’s a large area 2-3 people do a better job. Assign tasks and areas so no one is on top of each other.
  5. Splurge on Sealer! I knew I wanted a sealer that was food safe. So I went with Chengs Concrete Sealer.
  6. Embrace the imperfections. It makes the counters distinct and more important they truly become your counters.
Before of long slab

Before of long slab

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1st Coat still a little wet

Cabinet Body

Dried and Being sealed…. *Spoiler alert- I paint my cabinets white!*

 

Is it worth it? When doing it over counter tops that you aren’t in love with- Absolutely!!! Is this the counter I see in my dream kitchen? No. But it’s perfect for my current kitchen and more importantly my current financial situation!

Products I used-

Home Depot Henry Feather Finish.

$16.97- 7 lb  I needed exactly one bag for my kitchen.

or

Ardex Feather Finish– This had better reviews but I would of had to order online and didn’t have time to wait for delivery.

$32.34- 10 lb bag

 

Cheng Concrete Sealer

$28.95- 500ml I used exactly one bottle.

optional add on

Cheng Concrete Countertop Wax
– I had planned on using this, it protects against oil stains and adds a sheen. But in the end I opted not to, I liked the matte look.

$23.50- One jar

 

Note: I did not include tools used such as towels and buckets. These supplies I already on hand. And if you don’t ask around I’m sure you may have a friend who will loan them to you for this project!

Total Price for ‘brand new’ counters- $45.92

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